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Maisie Williams on ‘The Owners’ and the Original Night King Ending on ‘Games of Thrones’

The actor talks going indie for her first post-‘Thrones’ role and the secret Kit Harington was told during season three of the HBO hit.
After devoting a decade of her life to HBO’s global phenomenon, Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams is going indie. In her first post-Thrones role, Williams plays Mary in Julius Berg’s The Owners, which explores a botched home burglary involving a group of friends and an older couple who practice medicine from the aforementioned manor. William’s character gets caught up in her boyfriend’s (Ian Kenny) muddled plan, and has to deal with the unexpected fallout.Coming off of the biggest television production of all time, Williams jumped at the chance to go back to basics via the horror-thriller, as her indie ambitions were inspired by a couple of familiar faces.

Maisie Williams on ‘New Mutants’ Finally Coming to Theaters and Her Thriller ‘The Owners’

After eight seasons as Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones,” Maisie Williams is no stranger to blood, violence, guts and gore.

In her latest role, as a vengeful girlfriend in the gruesome thriller “The Owners,” Williams isn’t afraid to get down and dirty in the name of survival. The ’90s-set movie — directed by Julius Berg and written by Berg and Matthieu Gompel — follows childhood friends who break in and attempt to rob their elderly neighbor’s empty mansion. But when the owners come home earlier than expected, chaos ensues.

“I liked the script and I liked that it was set in the ’90s,” Williams says. “I just thought doing a psychological thriller would be really good fun. I’ve always loved the genre.”

Before “The Owners” is released digitally and in theaters on Sept. 4, Williams will hit the big screen in the superhero epic “The New Mutants.” After two years of delays, the final chapter in the “X-Men” franchise is premiering on Aug. 28.

One perk of the pandemic, Williams says, is getting to promote projects from the comfort of her house in the U.K. In the last few weeks, she’s made rounds on the late-night circuit with virtual appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” She does occasionally miss the glitz and glam involved with dressing up for TV interviews and Hollywood premieres, but she’s mostly relieved she doesn’t have to think twice about lounging in her favorite pair of sweats.

“I find live appearances to be quite nerve wracking, so doing these live shows from your own home is really lovely, actually,” the 23-year-old British actress says. “Even now that I started leaving the house a bit more, I don’t know that I’m ever going to wear jeans again.”

Ahead of her next two movies, Williams spoke to Variety about “New Mutants” finally being released after many, many delays, her post-“Game of Thrones” career and the hobbies she’s picked up in quarantine.

How did filming an indie movie like “The Owners” compare to big studio productions like “Game of Thrones” or “New Mutants”?

It never really feels that different. “New Mutants” was an exception, but that was because we filmed in the States, and I feel like the money spent on food in America is so much more than we do in the U.K. It’s also rare that your heater in your trailer really works in the U.K., whereas in the U.S., there’s a running shower and hot water and a little incense stick.

Otherwise, it’s like you’re always pushed for time. You always could be filming for longer. It’s always stressful days. Everyone isn’t getting paid anywhere near as much, and so people are kind of just doing it more for the art of it. And I think that has a real difference on set. Creativity can really flourish when there’s less time and more pressure and less of a budget.

“New Mutants” was delayed so many times over the last two years. Did you ever reach a point where you thought it wouldn’t open in theaters?

I knew that they spent $80 million on it, so I thought, if this movie never comes out, that is such a huge waste of money that really could have made a huge impact in the world. I’m so glad that it is coming out, finally. I hope that people enjoy it. I did definitely think in the middle that maybe it would go straight to streaming. But it’s going to come out in the theater, so I hope that maybe we’ll get a good turnout. I don’t know if anyone’s really going outside.

How do you feel about people going to see it in movie theaters during a pandemic?

I just hope that people wear masks and that cinemas are clean. I know there is quite an intense cleaning that happens in between films anyway. So I would hope that the extra precautions can be knitted in fairly easily to the viewing schedule. But I just hope people are safe. If people don’t feel comfortable, don’t go watch it. It’s going to come out on DVD at some point, you can watch it then.

Did you know from the start that your character Rahne in “New Mutants” would be part of a same-sex romance?

I knew in the comics, the two characters Dani and Rahne had a telepathic connection. When I was speaking with [director] Josh [Boone], he was like, “We’re going to amp that up into a romantic relationship” — which I thought made a lot of sense anyway. If you could actually read someone’s mind, I think that’s kind of what love is — being able to detect someone’s body language and understand how they’re feeling and try to make them feel better, even if you’re in a social setting. If these two characters do have a telepathic connection, I think that is kind of synonymous with love.

I think it’s really important to have a relationship like this at the forefront of a superhero movie or any kind of action movie. I love that a relationship like that is normalized in a film of this scale. I don’t think it’s even labeled at all, and I don’t think the girls ever even ask each other out. They just fall in love when they first meet each other.

Now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox, would you ever want to revisit your X-Men character in a Marvel movie?

Potentially. I think it’s a standard thing with a lot of studios now. If you sign on for one film, they write it in [the contracts] that they can do sequels or they can bring you back for other pictures. I would be excited to play Rahne again. I mean, who knows? I love this story. I think these characters are really interesting for the youth of today to see. And if the movie does well, I would happily come back and do more. It’s up to the people I guess. If teenagers hate it, we will leave it here. But if they liked it, then I wouldn’t deprive anyone of that.

What kind of roles are you interested in?

A lot of the stuff that I’ve done recently has been in an alternate world, and I miss the honesty of playing a girl who isn’t a mutant or she’s not saving the world. I [want to play] a complex woman of now and today. I think these films lack some kind of vulnerability, and I really crave to feel vulnerable on set. There’s a real comfort in doing something that has a lot of effects or blood because there’s so many other things to distract the audience from you. But doing something which is more raw is something that I’m craving at the moment.

After “Game of Thrones,” did you worry about being typecast?

It was never a worry, but it is something that could happen very easily. I’ve always felt so confident that I have a lot of other things to give. If I knew that was all I could do, that is probably all I would do for the rest of my career. And people will happily cast me as similar characters to Arya or Rahne, and that’s very easy for me to do and there’s a lot of that available to me. But I’m really interested in changing people’s opinions of me and showing people all of the other sides to myself that I can bare on screen. I think that’s already happening. I’ve had a lot of really lovely meetings during this lockdown, which have made me feel very excited for the future.

How have you been keeping busy during the pandemic? Have you taken up any new hobbies?

I started learning French, which is going really well. I’ve always wanted to learn other languages, honestly, so I started with French. I’ve been painting and reading and I’ve had a lot of free time, so I just tried to do things that made me really happy. I have found it to be a really meditative and joyful few months of my life.

Maisie Williams for Lavan Guardia

Two of the most influential twenty-somethings in cinema and fashion take on the role of comic book icons.

Like the characters in The New Mutants , a new superhero film in which they star, Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams who head their line-up have little to do, at least initially, except for some aspects: they are both considered it girls by coined Recently, they have legions of followers who leave their mark on social networks and they are both aware that “entering a film franchise like this, within the Marvel universe, gives you a great exposure that is always beneficial and that, unlike the series, it is not an annual obligation, but there can be interruptions of two or three years between films, so it is not so regulated, “according to Williams.

“And also, says Taylor – Joy, for me, who has worked a lot in independent films where the most important thing is the character, this is a completely atypical superhero movie. I’ve seen some in which the characters don’t tell me anything. The action is incredible and everything is spectacular, but I don’t really know who those guys are. That is why I was afraid to make a film of this type ”. But, in addition to being the superhero genre’s first foray into the realm of horror, the characters are so well drawn that they seem straight out of real life. They have all had a dark past and are far from perfect. So why not touch on those blemishes since that’s what makes them interesting?

For me, who has worked a lot in independent films where the most important thing is the character, this is a completely atypical superhero movie

Anya Taylor – Joy

What there is no doubt is that they are two of the most influential twenty-somethings in cinema and fashion, who, in addition, are enjoying that sweet moment that means having acquired two comic icons such as the always in conflict Poison Wolf and the teleporter witch Magic.

The first, Poison Wolf, is played by Williams, born in the British Bristol in 1997. Maisie’s is her baby nickname and is taken from a British comic strip. She is one of the most beloved actresses by seriophiles since she took over the difficult role of Arya Stark at the age of 14 in the now legendary Game of Thrones , which has earned her two Emmy nominations, and that, as she tells Often, “I was feisty, rebellious, a bit of a tomboy, quick-thinking. And sometimes she sees everything very black and white. I mean, how am I really ”. Just over five feet tall, full of energy.

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Maissie Williams, star of ‘The New Mutants’

Maisie Williams as Poison Wolf

Born in Bristol in 1997, at just 14 years old, she won the character of Arya Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’. In the cinema, her performances in ‘The secret of Crickley Hall’, ‘The falling’ or the recent ‘The owners’ in which she receives star treatment on the poster stand out. She has also appeared on television, in the mythical series’ Doctor Who ‘as a guest artist, in family comedies such as’ Gold’, alongside television star James Nesbitt, or lending her voice to characters from the series’ Robot Chicken ‘or’ Gen: Lock ‘. She will soon join the comic series ‘Two weeks to live’.

For eight years viewers were able to see her grow up before their eyes and stop being a girl with determination in her eyes, to become a young and valuable actress who seems to have much more future than past despite her excellent beginnings.

Gone are the bad personal moments that he experienced during his childhood as part of an unstructured family since his father decided not to be part of it and abandoned it, leaving his wife, an administrative profession, in charge of four children. Later, she developed a serious illness that has already been overcome and now she is enjoying the good time of her daughter, as her manager and personal assistant. But so many family problems, together with the popularity of the series, which he accessed after a brief stint at drama school, had serious consequences.

I endured ‘bulling’ for years. I think people were scared of me and although I made some friends at school, I was never popular or the pretty girl

Maisie Williams

“I endured bullying for years. I think people were scared of me and although I made some friends at school, I was never popular, nor was the pretty girl. That’s why I understood the character of Game of Thrones so well . Because, in a way, it was about finding out who your real friends are, and sometimes, realizing that takes a long time ”, he explained.

“And when the series started airing, I remember sitting on the subway next to my mom and navigating between messages, and messages, and more messages. My heart was lurching and I had a lump in my throat, like when you force yourself not to cry. I ended up hating myself for what others said about me on the networks. It was horrible. This also happens to the character Poison Wolf in The New Mutants. She is a teenager whose power is to become a wolf. That can upset you a lot. At those ages, in puberty, we do not have much confidence in ourselves and we are very vulnerable to the gaze of others. You don’t look like you really are. I preferred to create the character from this premise rather than what I read in the comics “

During the time that Game of Thrones  kept Maisie Williams visiting the living room of the houses of half the world, offers rained down to take advantage of the time between season and season and decided to fish in different fishing grounds. From the mandatory for every young actor in horror and mystery films, in titles such as The Secret of Crickley Hall , The Falling  or the recent The Owners  in which he receives star treatment on the poster, to science fiction, since he participated in the Mythical Doctor Who series  as a guest artist, in family comedies like Gold, alongside television star James Nesbitt, or lending his voice to characters from the Robot Chicken series o Gen: Lock . 

I feel like I grew up extremely fast working on ‘Game of Thrones’. I entered a world of adults in a perhaps somewhat abrupt way

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“I feel like I grew up extremely fast working on Game of Thrones, ” he has often commented. “I entered a world of adults in a perhaps somewhat abrupt way. I could take a flight alone but not book a hotel because the regulations did not allow it because of my age. It was as if half I was older and the other half still a girl. But despite all these hassles, I never thought I needed a plan B , even though many of my friends advised me to do so. I understand, but I think if we spend a lot of time trying to figure out how it would be the alternative, we never really pursue our plan A. I can’t help it; I’ve always wanted to be the center of attention ”.

In that, in considering themselves feminists, both are more than in agreement, although also with nuances. “This movie, in my opinion, shows incredibly powerful women, but on opposite ends of the spectrum,” Arya concludes. “My character is a woman of action. She prefers to act and the world has made her very tough. And that is in real life. On the contrary, other female characters are much more empathetic. I interpret that there are many ways of approaching feminine power, from different perspectives, but with the same objective ”.

Maisie Williams bites again

The “Game of Thrones” actress gets back into the skin of a wolf. This time she plays an X-Men in “The New Mutants”, a role she embroiders. An incisive and extraordinary woman, also off the screen.


Wolfsbane, Poison Wolf, is the new alter ego of the English star of “Game of Thrones”, who finally sees the premiere of the first role he recorded for the cinema after the end of the legendary HBO series. Due to the purchase of its production company, 20th Century Fox, by the giant Disney, its premiere has been delayed more than two years. There was even talk of a cursed movie, something that is not bad for this disturbing work of supernatural horror … The “X-Men” saga is back, but darker and more intriguing. And it’s cool.

Maisie, did you despair when you saw that the movie was never released?

A little, but I knew that it did not respond to an artistic theme, it had a lot to do with the merger of these two companies. Too bad, because the movie has gotten a bad reputation – people thought there was something wrong with it, but I honestly think it was affected by something that was out of our control. I’m proud that it is finally coming out and that the world can see it. Let’s see if you like it and we can record the trilogy of Marvel comics.

What’s so special about it?

We are not heroes, we are children trying to discover the world and I believe that today’s young people are going to identify with this story. And there is a lot of comedy in the characters. A priori, it is a movie for young people, but the background is for all audiences. There are many things about her that are progressive and new for a story of this type. We have seen many superhero movies and that “The New Mutants” is more than a thriller …

Disney announced that he wanted to make some changes, shoot new scenes, did he in the end?

No, they have not touched the final cut. They have kept the movie that Josh Boone wanted to make, his passionate vision and I am very happy. It’s just fantastic!

You play Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane, what is she like? Do you have something in common with her?

She is a very nervous person, socially awkward and feels more comfortable and secure when she is a mutant, when she puts on the costume. The same thing happens to me: I find it much more difficult to be myself. When I’m doing interviews or appearing on television, I have a terrible time. In that sense we are very similar.

If you had to choose in real life between being Wolfsbane or Arya Stark, your character in “Game of Thrones,” which one would you choose?

It’s a lot more fun being a mutant. Becoming a she-wolf is great, especially in social relationships (laughs). I choose Wolfsbane. Although Arya was feisty, rebellious, a bit tomboyish, quick-thinking. And sometimes she sees everything very black and white. I mean, how am I really?

What is it like to enter a Marvel franchise?

It gives you a great exposure that is always beneficial and that, unlike series, does not imply an annual obligation, but there may be interruptions of two or three years between films, so it is not as regulated. This is a completely atypical superhero movie. The characters are so well drawn that they seem straight out of real life. They have all had a dark past and are far from perfect. So why not touch on those blemishes since that’s what makes them interesting?

In “The New Mutants”, did you have as much connection with your companions as in the series?

We lived a very close relationship and we took care of each other. I hit it off with Blu Hunt (who plays Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage), we connect for life … it’s very important to on-screen chemistry. But I would repeat with everyone again. It is a lot of responsibility to make a film as big as this, a blockbuster, so we support each other as best we can.

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones”) and you are mutants now (she plays Jean Gray in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”). Would you be excited to work together on a Marvel story?

I would love it, it would be great if the X-Men and the mutants crossed paths. It would be so much fun to be on screen with Sophie again! But I don’t decide, so I don’t know if it will happen. If we do, we will have the opportunity to enjoy together. It would be stupid if they didn’t try to meet us at the movies.

As a viewer, do you like horror and science fiction stories?

I enjoy scary movies and being a part of this thriller franchise is exciting. I like it because Josh Boone has created something new, different, and I will love to repeat.


Also as a spectator, would you change the controversial ending of “Game of Thrones”?

I am proud of what we did and I really enjoyed it. I took advantage of every second of the last year, because I didn’t want to regret anything or feel like I had missed something. As a viewer, I have very fond, sweet memories, being on set was like being with my family. And I will remember it for the rest of my life. When we finished, I was ready to say goodbye and happy that it was done.

What superpower would you like to have?

I always would have liked to fly … I waste a lot of time on airplanes and it is not good for the planet and the environment. If I could fly with a backpack on my back, it would improve the planet and it would be more fun

Do you regret not having a normal adolescence?

No, because I don’t know what my life would have been like if I had not participated in the series. I am intrigued by the idea of ​​not being famous and I always wonder how things would have been. But I do not regret it, because I had one of the most incredible experiences and I learned a lot from having been working since I was very young. Growing up in the limelight was tough, but that doesn’t detract from the most incredible ten years of my life. I am excited about the doors that have opened for me now, at 23 years old and a lifetime ahead. I’m wondering what I want to do, because the possibilities are endless, but I want something bright and fun, a comedy, something like “Friends”. I don’t want anything more sad or traumatic (it has just been incorporated into the comic series ‘Two weeks to live’). Well I’m a budding screenwriter …

(Note: In 2016, the actress founded her own production company, Daisy Chain Productions, with Dom Santry and Bill Milner, with an eye toward shorts, stage performances, and television dramas by young people. “Stealing Silver” ( 2019) is her first short, starring herself).

In fact, four years ago you created an app for artists …

Yes, together with my friend Dom Santry, a camera assistant I met while filming … It is a social media application to promote artistic creation. We wanted to create a place where like-minded young people could share their passion and help other people make it happen. No irrelevant content, no ads, no branding, just people. We started our 5 industries (film, fashion, photography, music and art) in August 2019. Dom encouraged me to start one of my dreams, I was sick of waiting for someone to give me a chance, so I did it myself . People are sick of waiting for someone to tell them that they are good enough. When I was 12, I auditioned for every theater school in London and didn’t get in. If “Game of Thrones” had not arrived, I would have thrown in the towel.

Do you think Arya is a good example for girls your age?

No, and I don’t know why the fans see him like that, because he goes around cutting people’s throats. But on the other hand it is true that we all want to be like Arya. Each person has their own list of people they would like to eliminate from this world … (laughs).

As a celebrity, you support causes such as feminism, animals, you fight against cyberbullying, does it surprise you how you can influence others?

Completely. There is a lot of pressure to always be a role model, especially when you are recognized by the whole world. But I can take advantage of it and do something that I really enjoy. It also has its negative side, of course, like hurting my friends on social networks … I try not to give it much importance, but it affects, of course. Having a constant feed in your pocket of what people think of you is tough. People have me in their sights and admire me, but they don’t let me go wrong. I endured bulling for years. I think people were scared of me and although I made some friends at school, I was never popular, nor was the pretty girl. That’s why I understood the character of Game of Thrones so well.

In fact, you say that you always see the negative side … how do you go about fighting it?

When you are so exposed, it is extremely difficult to like yourself, with so many photos … but in this last year I have changed my attitude and the way I see myself and the role of Wolfsbane has helped me a lot, it has empowered me. I was very shy and now I am very sure of my image and I try to reflect that security in the roles I do, in my life. I feel liberated and really very healthy.